In response to Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker's May 21 commentary in the Herald:
"Since 1988 Manatee County commissioners have approved $5 million in special assessment projects for 40 neighborhoods ..." Hunzeker wrote.
That is almost 30 years. The administrator suggests to the commission how ALL of the county's money is spent, and the commission approves what and where those dollars are spent. They conveniently partition dollars to one category or another to present the illusion their hands are tied.
Rubonia has never been a priority to the commission. The close to 100 years of contributing revenue to the county, through property taxes, sales tax, and many fund-raising events, has never really come back to the neighborhood in the form of services.
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Hunzeker's distortions only throws blame at Rubonia residents, and a claim that the threat of intolerance is eminent, by the rest of the county citizens, if officials attempt to try and make up for the years of neglect and abuse by the county.
Hunzeker spoke to whether or not Rubonia residents would want the basic infrastructure the rest of the county affords. Hunzeker said, "Two-thirds of the residents would have to agree to the project, but many of them would have to think twice." This proves how flawed his perspective is.
Who thinks any parent wants their children to walk along a skinny road, without sidewalks, between the street and a deep ditch, to wait for a school bus? And what does he mean by "think twice"?
Sure, residents are skeptic to what officials say they will do, and don't jump to get on board when presented with only promises; it is called a lack of trust.
And Rubonia residents have lost any trust they had in county officials.
Charles Miller Sr.